Victoria Macdonald

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.

Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.

She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.

Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.

Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.

  • Published on 16 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    An inquest into the death of Frances Cappuccini has concluded that “failures, inadequate diagnosis and treatment” by the hospital that was supposed to be caring for her caused her death.

  • Published on 12 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    Patients waiting more than four hours in A&E: a target missed by almost every major emergency department in England according to new figures.

  • Published on 11 Jan 2017 Sections , ,

    NHS England Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens flatly contradicts the Prime Minister’s claims that the NHS had been adequately funded.

  • Published on 9 Jan 2017 Sections

    Ministers from Theresa May downwards have denied that England is facing a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS. The unprecedented claim from the Red Cross persuaded the Health Secretary to appear today before MPs,

  • Published on 5 Jan 2017 Sections ,

    The toxic chemicals that pollute our cities could be linked to the risk of getting dementia according to a new study. Researchers in Canada have found that people who live near busy traffic clogged roads face a 7 percent higher chance of developing dementia than those who live further away. They haven’t proven a direct…

  • Published on 31 Dec 2016 Sections

    Police have beefed up security arrangements in preparation of the New Year celebrations as a response to the terror attacks in Europe. In Manchester and Edinburgh extra crowd protection will be in place.  While in London, 3,000 officers, many of them armed, will be on the streets.

  • Published on 21 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    Sickle cell anaemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the UK, affecting 15,000 people – mostly among those with African or Caribbean backgrounds. Bone marrow transplants from a related donor offer hope to some patients of a cure and medical advances have made it a safer procedure. But while children can have the…

  • Published on 19 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    If the world’s major institutions are looking distinctly creaky, so too is the European Union, heading for an uncertain future after Brexit. Britain’s hopes of forging new, independent relationships with the rest of the world were given a boost by Australia, whose high commissioner to the UK promised a new trade deal would be reached quickly.

  • Published on 19 Dec 2016 Sections , , ,

    Universal health care: how to become a national hero

    A universal health system paid for out of taxes was hugely popular and has remained so. And the man who pushed through the legislation, Aneurin Bevan, has been glorified ever since.

  • Published on 14 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    Council tax bills could go up by 6 per cent over the next two years in an effort to tackle the crisis in social care. For someone in an average band D property, that means a £90 increase.

  • Published on 8 Dec 2016 Sections

      From retirement to health problems – or becoming a new mother: all trigger points in life which can leave someone not just isolated – but alone. Nine million people in the UK are lonely – according to research by the Co-Op and the British Red Cross. Victoria Macdonald has been talking to Tony Fisher. He…

  • Published on 7 Dec 2016 Sections ,

    Research to be published tomorrow by the Co-op and the British Red Cross identifies six life events that can lead to someone becoming lonely, including retirement, bereavement and becoming a new mum. In fact, when we asked for mothers to talk to us, we were overwhelmed with hundreds of responses.

  • Published on 6 Dec 2016 Sections

    New research from the British Red Cross and the Co-op has found that nine million people in Britain say they are often or always lonely. Their report identifies six groups most susceptible to isolation. Over the next four days we’ll be looking at the lives of some of those people.

  • Published on 23 Nov 2016 Sections ,

    Autumn Statement’s message: NHS has to get on with it

    The Autumn Statement contained not one penny more for the NHS or social care services. There are real fears about how they will cope.

  • Published on 22 Nov 2016 Sections

    Ahead of tomorrow’s autumn statement, the Chancellor has warned there’s tough challenges ahead for the economy. So what hope is there for the NHS and social care, already struggling to avert a financial crisis?